The Eliott Lockharts

A wonderful location for a wedding - especially if many of your guests are from out of town.

When Beth first contacted me in August of last year, I almost didn’t respond.  Her email stated she was in New York with her fiance in London – which is eerily similar to how some wedding scams start.  But her email contained enough personal details that I decided to go ahead and respond.  I’m so glad I did!

As her email explained, although Beth resides in New York and Rudi in London her family and friends are in San Antonio and Austin – and therefore they decided to have the wedding here.  We  talked via email and a phone call and they decided to book me.  I finally met them in December when they were here for the holidays.  It was a pleasure meeting them and I left even more excited to be a part of their wedding day.

On Saturday I went to the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop for their wedding ceremony.  The wedding party was small – Beth had two Maids of Honor in matching purple cocktail dresses.  Rudi had only a Best Man – they both were in suits, not matching but they looked very handsome!  There were two little ring bearers in khaki pants and white shirts – it was a little challenging getting them down the aisle but they eventually made it.  Following the boys were six flower girls of varying ages – and they took their job very seriously!  They were all gorgeous in their white vintage inspired dresses with flower wreaths on their heads.

Finally it was time for Beth to be escorted by her father.  I think she wore the most beautiful gown of all my brides.  It was classic – I hesitate to try to describe it because I know I will not do it justice.  It was an ivory, off the shoulder gown – fitted bodice with a slight sheath style skirt but a full skirt/train in the back.  It was straight out of a classic movie – or off the red carpet.  She was stunning.

We had spent a lot of time on the ceremony – it was fairly traditional with four readings.  Two were biblical and the other two were poems by Wendy Cope and e.e. cummings.   We also included a short prayer.  I know they were pleased with the ceremony and their guests seemed to enjoy it as well.

Prior to the ceremony I asked Rudi about their honeymoon plans.  He told me he planned a secret honeymoon for them – how romantic is that?  He said not even their parents knew where they were going – he had envelopes to give them with the details in case of emergency.  I can’t wait to hear where they went!

Rudi and Beth – thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Be Carefree,



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